Giving, not taking

Maple Ridge resident wants to help single mom, providing gov't doesn't take it

  • Dec. 2, 2014 12:00 p.m.

It’s just not fair that five-year-old Sophey has to go without soccer or swimming lessons because of a policy that requires any family support payments received by single moms to be clawed back from their disability or income assistance cheques.

So after reading about her plight Friday, Maple Ridge resident Derek Difant wanted to help just a bit, by giving Rebecca Bodo $400.

The only catch is, will she be taxed on that or will she also have it clawed back from the $1,242 she receives monthly on disability income assistance?

A Nov. 28 article focused on Bodo’s predicament and the campaign to get the B.C. government to change its policy.

Difant said the $400 came partly from his own contribution and from other good-hearted people in his neighbourhood who also were moved by Bodo’s plight.

“We had a great neighbourhood and they’re good people.”

Bodo said she really appreciated the gesture and that the donation will come in the form of a pre-paid credit card.

Another Maple Ridge resident, Monique Tamminga, is also helping out by pre-paying for Sophey’s swimming lessons at the Leisure Centre.